Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Stone's Alexander the Great

Oliver Stone's film depicting the life and conquests of Alexander the Great looks promising, at least from this production still.

"Past and present collide to form the puzzle of the protagonist, a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which childhood memories and Alexander's rise to power unfold side by side with the latter day expansion of his empire, its gradual decline and ultimate downfall. From his youth, fueled by dreams of glory and adventure, to his lonely and mysterious death as a ruler of a vast state, from the tumultuous relationship with his parents -- a powerful king and a queen determined to put her child on the throne at any cost, including murder -- to the rousing 'band of brothers' bond with his closest companions and vast army, as they fought from the sun-scorched battlefields of the Persian Empire across the snow-peaked mountains of India, the film chronicles Alexander's journey to become a living legend. For as Virgil wrote, 'Fortune favors the bold.' And no king or emperor, either before or after, ever achieved such fortune, or indeed was so bold, as Alexander the Great."